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Nihon Matsuri Japanese Festival in Bern

May 21 - May 22

Copyright Bernisches Historisches Museum

The Nihon Matsuri Festival at the Bern Historical Museum is a celebration of Japanese culture. From workshops to entertainment and Japanese food, this festival offers a perfect little escape to the Land of the Rising Sun.

For the first time, there will be a market highlighting about 20 vendors of anime, games, sweets, and Japanese crafts. We are particularly looking forward to the many food stalls offering Japanese delights.

Saturday highlights at the Nihon Matsuri 2022 in Bern:

  • Aikido, kenjutsu, kyudo, and jodo performances
  • Shamisen performance in the museum's park
  • Bon odori Japanese dancing for all ages

Sunday highlights:

  • Kendo, judo, iaido und shorinji kempo performances (incl. workshops for some of these sports)
  • Musical performances by a Japanese choir and taiko drummers

Throughout the weekend, sharpen your skills in workshops for origami, manga art, calligraphy, or furoshiki.


Japanese Festival in Bern Visitor Information


Nihon Matsuri (日本祭り) is the annual Japan Festival held on the premise of the Bern Historical Museum. It is a collaboration of the museum, the Japanese Embassy in Switzerland, and the Japanese Association of Bern.

The Bern Historical Museum opens at 10 AM on both days while the festival program is set to begin around noon.

Day admission is 13 francs for adults and 8 francs for children aged 6 to 16. Family admissions are 30 francs. The festival pass also includes admission to the museum with its "The Samurai Legend" special exhibit.

CHF13 adults
Helvetiaplatz 5
Bern, BE 3005 Switzerland
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+41 31 350 77 11
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